Patterson used a strong third quarter to overcome a halftime deficit and put away National Collegiate Prep in a 67-55 win in its second game of the Bernie Eckert Holiday Classic at Patterson.
National Collegiate Prep took a 26-25 lead into the half, but the Clippers (8-1) outscored the D.C. school 26-9 in the third quarter to break open the game. Junior forward Michael Straham, making his second straight start, scored nine of his career-high 13 points in the quarter. He also added seven rebounds to pace Patterson’s frontcourt.
Sophomore guard Dereck Oliver scored a team-high 20 points, adding four rebounds, five assists and four steals. Junior guard Kwynten Brooks had another solid all-around game, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and seven steals. In all, Patterson totaled 15 steals and forced National Collegiate Prep into 35 turnovers.
The Clippers also got strong efforts from senior guard Devante Conyers, who had eight points and eight rebounds, and junior guard Dawan Bass, who finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.
Patterson is back in action next Friday when it hosts Dunbar at 5:30 p.m.